ASID Sponsors Educational Sessions and Hosts Career Exchange at NeoCon East

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Oct. 29 – 31 at the Baltimore Convention Center

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 29, 2008) – The leading commercial design conference for the mid-Atlantic region, NeoCon East, returns to Baltimore Oct. 29 – 31 at the Baltimore Convention Center and ASID is pleased to take part in the event yet again. Designers, architects, students and manufacturers will come together to see the latest products and participate in continuing education to stay up to speed on the latest advancements in the profession. As with other Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. conferences, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) helped to develop educational sessions, providing the most relevant industry news and practices from sustainability, to building codes, to employee behavior.

ASID-sponsored sessions include (complete descriptions below)
•    Furniture and Space Planning That Meets Building Codes
•    Bringing Green to the Senior Scene
•    An Energy Aesthetic: Conservation Through Interior Design
•    Green Plumbing Design
•    The New ADA Guidelines—What You Need to Know
•    Under the Influence

The ASID Career Exchange will be Thurs., Oct. 30 from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the theatre of the show floor. Representatives from the top 20 architecture and design firms and leading manufacturers will be on hand to answer questions about careers in the industry and recruit employees. ASID professional members will also be present to review resumes and portfolios.

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{Complete ASID-sponsored seminar descriptions}
Furniture and Space Planning That Meets Building Codes
Wed., Oct. 29, 9 – 10 a.m.

The International Building Code communicates exiting requirements for furniture planning differently than previous model building codes. Get some clarification on the portions of the 2006 IBC that impact how furniture must be arranged to meet egress requirements, required fire ratings on materials, size and weight limitations and exit lighting.

Speaker: Kimberly Marks, ASID, IIDA, has been recognized for more than 20 years in the architectural and interior design industries for both her design contributions to commercial business and as the owner and principal of The Marks Design Group in San Antonio, Texas. Marks is the author of Structures in Interior Design published by NCIDQ and Buildings Codes for Beginners—A Primer published by ASID.

Bringing Green to the Senior Scene
Wed., Oct. 29, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Senior living projects often take a back seat when it comes to green design and LEED-certified projects, but they don't need to. Discover the many areas of a project that a designer can affect with recycled, sustainable and low voc-emitting selections. A current project case study will illustrate choices for fabrics, furnishings and finishes for good green design.

Speaker: Carol Reitter-Elia, ASID, is owner and principal designer at C R Design in Newtown Square, PA, which specializes in designing living environments for older adults. With a fitness background of 22 years, Reitter-Elia is actively researching ways to incorporate her passion for health and fitness to designing senior living environments

An Energy Aesthetic: Conservation Through Interior Design
Wed., Oct. 29 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Explore the potential for energy conservation through careful design. By gaining a basic understanding of thermodynamics and energy flow, attendees can use that knowledge to see how space planning, interior-finish choices and interior-trim details can create residential interiors that are energy-efficient.

Speaker: Matthew Kubik, IDEC, is an associate professor of interior design and civil and architectural engineering technology at Indiana University-Purdue University in Fort Wayne, IN.

Green Plumbing Design
Wed., Oct. 29, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

This program will focus on the need for water efficiency and explain the requirements for new toilets and other fixtures and fittings addressed by the EPA's WaterSense program. You will learn of new innovative technology that is shaping bathrooms today. Participants will also gain a general understanding of the reason for water efficiency requirements and incentives, including standards and testing as well as fixtures, fittings and indoor water efficiency credits in LEED.

Speaker: Gunnar Baldwin, LEED AP is a water efficiency specialist with Toto USA, Inc., Industry Partner of ASID, in Morrow, Ga.

The New ADA Guidelines—What You Need to Know
Wed., Oct. 29, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

The focus for this session is the ADA Guidelines and ANSI A117.1 03 for building interiors. This session covers the changes that were made with the Revision of the Americans with Disabilities Act in July 2004 and compares it to the ANSI documents that are part of the 2006 International Building Code. If you do government design work or use the International Building Code 2003 or 2006, this course is a must.

Speaker: Donna Kirby, FASID, owner, Education in Design, is an adjunct instructor at Seminole Community College.

Under the Influence
Thurs., Oct. 30, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Using the 15 critical influences on employee behavior, learn to position the physical work environment as a positive force to drive change. Get the results of 10 years of research on 140 organizations in 24 different industries, and see the measurable, quantifiable improvements that can be made through environmental improvements. Find out when workplace transformation initiatives are most susceptible to positive change.

Speaker: Diane Stegmeier, AIA, IFMA, leads Stegmeier Consulting Group of Cleveland, OH. The author of Innovations in Office Design: The Critical Influence Approach to Effective Work Environments, Stegmeier is a consultant in change management and organizational effectiveness.

About ASID: The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is a community of people—designers, industry representatives, educators and students—committed to interior design. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, the Society strives to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. Its more than 40,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. ASID is the Founding Sponsor of InformeDesign (, a searchable database that enables designers to engage in evidence-based design by using Research Summaries focused on design and human behavior, created and operated by the University of Minnesota.

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